20 May 2013
The Hope After Sandy Art Benefit was held Saturday, May 18, 2013 at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Basking Ridge, NJ. The event was sponsored by Wee Little Arts, a groundbreaking visual arts program, delivered in preschools and other locations by qualified professionals, dedicated to engaging and empowering children by helping them discover the creative process, and St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, which was consecrated in 1853 making it one of the oldest churches in the area.
The benefit coincided with the Annual Charter Day Street Fair & Festival. According to the Historical Society of the Somerset Hills website, Charter Day, “commemorates the anniversary [2013 is the 253rd] of the granting of a township Charter by King George II of England, establishing Bernardston Township.” Today’s Bernards Township includes Basking Ridge, Lyons, Liberty Corner, and West Millington. For more information on Charter Day check out the website.
There were 30 artists represented in the show with over 70 works on display. My submissions to the benefit included Purple Beauty, a wonderful example of a purple Iris from the Presby Iris Garden in Upper Montclair NJ and the Barnegat Lighthouse from Long Beach Island NJ.
All proceeds of the art benefit are going to the Center for Community Renewal, a charity helping those most affected by Hurricane Sandy, located in Keansburg, NJ. The Center provides breakfast and lunch seven days a week, has social workers on site to help those with mental health needs, has an extensive food pantry, and provides a sense of community to people who are still affected by super storm Sandy.